Deleted video shows Greene taunting Ocasio-Cortez’s office in 2019
A video from February 2019 published by CNN on Friday shows Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) — then a conservative activist — taunting staff in Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s (D-N.Y.) office through a mailbox slot.
In the since-deleted Facebook Live video unearthed by CNN’s KFile, Greene and at least three male companions can be seen outside the lawmaker’s office telling her to “get rid of your diaper” and come outside.
“Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, I’m an American citizen. I pay your salary through the taxes that you collect for me through the IRS because I’m a taxpaying citizen of the United States,” Greene says in the video.
Greene goes on to blast Ocasio-Cortez’s “socialist” policies and says, “You’re bringing God’s judgment on our country and I am against it, as well as my friends.”
“So you need to stop being a baby and stop locking your door and come out and face the American citizens that you serve,” Greene says. “If you want to be a big girl, you need to get rid of your diaper and come out and be able to talk to the American citizens, instead of us having to use a flap, a little flap. Sad.”
New: A since-deleted video from 2019 shows MTG harassing @AOC‘s office through a locked door. Calling her “crazy eyes” and telling her through the office’s mailbox slot to “get rid of your diaper” while telling the office to open the door and come out. https://t.co/QgcJucs4o8 pic.twitter.com/ccTufF90Z9
— andrew kaczynski (@KFILE) May 14, 2021
One of Greene’s companions then takes Greene’s place at the mail slot and claims he can hear people inside, adding, “I can hear you in there.”
“You can’t stay in there forever. Can you come out and play?” he says.
Greene and her companions then move to a visitors’ signing book outside Ocasio-Cortez’s office, writing “Ocasio Crazy Cortez” and “Trump 2020” on the pages. Greene then suggests drawing a border wall on another page.
When asked about the video on Friday, Ocasio-Cortez indicated that she thinks Greene is mentally unwell.
“I mean, this is a woman that’s deeply unwell and clearly needs some help. And her kind of fixation has lasted for several years now. You know, it’s at this point I think the depth of that unwellness has raised concerns for other members, as well,” Ocasio-Cortez told reporters on Capitol Hill. “And so, you know, I think that this is an assessment that needs to be made by the proper professional.”
“I’m concerned about her perceptions of reality,” Ocasio-Cortez added.
Greene on Friday defended her actions in the video as activism.
“Walking around and talking to members of Congress who serve the taxpayers that, now we’ve got taxpayers aren’t even allowed to come talk to us, that’s the context. We should be able to ask questions about the Green New Deal that’s socialism,” Greene told reporters.
The resurfaced video comes amid an escalating spat between the two high-profile lawmakers.
On Wednesday, Greene aggressively confronted Ocasio-Cortez outside the House chamber and demanded that they debate the Green New Deal.
Ocasio-Cortez on Thursday compared Greene to unruly bar patrons she had to deal with during her days as a bartender.
“I used to work as a bartender. These are the kinds of people that I threw out of bars all the time,” Ocasio-Cortez said.
Greene responded: “So she throws out paying customers. Is that how she feels?”
Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Thursday that Greene’s confrontation with Ocasio-Cortez could be a matter for the House Ethics Committee, calling the Georgia Republican’s behavior a “verbal assault.”
Greene’s actions in the 2019 video were similar to other tactics she used against Democratic lawmakers predating her election to the House in November.
Around the same time as the Ocasio-Cortez video, Greene showed up at the offices of Reps. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) and Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) — the first Muslim women elected to Congress — and falsely claimed that they were illegitimate lawmakers because they were sworn into office on the Quran instead of the Bible.
Greene also tailed gun control activist David Hogg, a survivor of the 2018 mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Fla., on Capitol Hill and called him a “coward.”